held aloof

celine713

Senior Member
Chinese
"the local gentry and professional classes had held aloof for the school had accepted their sons readily enough"

What does this sentence mean? Thanks for any ideas!
 
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    We're missing some context that probably says that there is some kind of dispute about the way in which this school decides who it will admit. Clearly it is a school that parents wish their children to attend.

    It seems that the dispute involves people in the area who are not the local gentry and professional classes.

    ... the local gentry and professional classes had held aloof ...
    They had kept themselves out of the dispute, not involved, distant from it.

    ... for the school had accepted their sons readily enough.
    Because whatever the school was doing in relation to other children, it was not causing them any problems.
     

    celine713

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    I see, this is an entry in my dictinonary, maybe a context will be of help, anyway I admire your power of imagination wholeheartedly, thank you so much!:)
     
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